Improving two year old Verbal Assault needs to boost his prizemoney levels to give him a chance of making the final field for the 2020 $2m The Star Gold Coast Magic Millions 2yo Classic (1200m) at the Gold Coast on January 11.
Verbal Assault scored a four and a half lengths win on debut in a 1010m two year old Handicap on his home track at Murwillumbah and trainer Matt Dun will give the Deep Field colt a chance to gain a spot in the glamour juvenile race when he starts in the $125,000 Aquis Gold Nugget 2yo Colts and Geldings (1100m) at the Gold Coast on January 4.
“He is a nice colt and he is starting to learn what it is all about. Verbal Assault has got better with time and he did trial well leading into the race,” Dunn told AAP.
“He will run in the colts and geldings division of the two-year-old race the week before the Magic Millions Classic.
“Hopefully, that can get him into the Classic. He would be a chance if he continues to improve.”
Verbal Assault is currently number 35 in the order of entry for the Magic Millions 2yo Classic with $11,200 of eligible prizemoney in the bank and he would have to collect a fair share of the $125,000 on offer in the Aquis Gold Nugget 2yo Colts and Geldings in find a place in the final field.
Dunn already has Lady Banff qualified for the Magic Millions 2yo Classic with the Top Echelon filly having earned $85,400 in eligible prizemoney from two wins at Doomben from two starts to place her sixth in the order of entry.
Lady Banff scored on debut in an 1110m two year old Handicap on November 9 and then showed plenty of improvement with a four lengths win in a 1200m two year old Handicap on November 23.
Early betting for the 2020 Magic Millions 2yo Classic at Ladbrokes.com.au has Lady Banff marked at $17 while Verbal Assault is listed as a $101 chance.
The Mick Price and Michael Kent trained Euphoric Summer sits at the top of the Magic Millions 2yo Classic order of entry with $171,200 in the bank following his debut second in the Listed $175,000 Inglis Debutant Stakes (1000m) at Caulfield on October 12 and his win in the $250,000 Magic Millions 2yo Clockwise Classic (1000m) at Ballarat on November 23.
Euphoric Summer is marked at the double figure odds of $21 for the Magic Millions 2yo Classic while the two favourites, Farnan ($122,750) and Every Rose ($120,750), are second and third in the order of entry.
Early betting for the 2020 Magic Millions 2yo Classic at Ladbrokes.com.au: $5.50 Farnan, $6.50 Every Rose, $9 Stellar Pauline, $12 Blondeau, Gotta Kiss, $14 The Drinks Cart, Dusty Tycoon, $15 Aim, $17 Conceited, Hinchbeast, Lady Banff, Remorseless, Rathin, $21 Euphoric Summer, Strike, $26 Anders, Bartley, $31 Beleiber, Red Stiletto, Reignite, $34 Amish Boy, $41 Away Game, Way Beyond, $51 or better the rest.